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Higuita wins Catalonia Volta ahead of Carapaz

101st Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2022 - Stage 7

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 27: Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia of Colombia and Team Bora - Hansgrohe green leader jersey competes during the 101st Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2022 - Stage 7 a 138,7km stage from Barcelona to Barcelona / #VoltaCatalunya101 / #WorldTour / on March 27, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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BARCELONA, Spain -- Sergio Higuita of Colombia won the Catalonia Volta after protecting his lead over Richard Carapaz during the seventh and final stage in Barcelona.

Higuita quickly neutralized all his attackers over the 138.6-kilometer (86.1-mile) ride that started and finished in the regional capital of Spain’s northeast Catalonia. The stage concluded with six trips up and down the Montjuic hill that features views over the city.

Higuita, a rider of BORA-hansgrohe who took the race lead, finished with a 16-second edge over Carapaz of INEOS Grenadiers in the general classification.

It was the 24-year-old’s first title on the world tour.

“I was tired, but you dig deep to find your strength because I knew that Carapaz is a very strong rider,” Higuita said.

Andrea Bagioli, and Italian rider for Quick-Step, won the stage in a bunch sprint after a large group of chasers overtook a smaller group that included Higuita and Carapaz on the final descent.